Red Horizon - Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 19.19%
Wants: 14
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
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Norway

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  17.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with sake yeast in cooled tanks for several months. 75 IBU.

(Beer added by: bark on 12-08-2009)
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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

250 mL bottle pours a clear-ish gold color with a small bubly white head. Not much for retention or lace.

Nose is toffee, caramel and light fruit. Nice.

Easy to drink for a 17%er. Lots of light fruit and sweet malt....runs the gamut. I like it...maybe not worth the price, but a very fun beer to have, the sake yeast was a nice touch though I probably wouldnt have been able to identify it blind.

Photo of smcnulty1981
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured very hazy little to no head with a few white bubbles floating around the color was a orange brown and there was some lacing and noticeable alcohol legs on the glass

S: although the style didn't dictate it smelled a lot like a dibble lots of dark fruit raisins with a vineous quality the sake yeast deffenitly comes through but the trac alcohol from the smell brings this beer down a bit

T: not much alcohol burn which is great for a 17% abv beer much like the nose there is a lot of dark fruit quality in the taste however the sake yeast seems to over power everything just a little bit perhaps it could have been a little more subtle

M: a medium heavy feel not the heavyist I've had but it had that very sticky syrupy feeling that some higher alcohol beers can have

O: although the alcohol is lower the taste on this is very similar to Utopias but Utopias had a smother less sticky texture to it and also the test on this is very comparable to Chimay red all together this beer was ok it was a great idea that could have been executed a little bit better

Photo of MasterSki
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at West Lakeview Liquors.

A - A hard pour into my Darkness snifter yields a thin white foam that dissipates to a few stray bubbles. Muddy orange-amber body.

S - Fruity yeast notes with pears, peaches, red grapes, berries, lemon-scented hand lotion, and a bit of brown raisin. There's a little fusel alcohol still present after two and half years of age, resulting in some mild nostril sting.

T - Taste is more like hard fruit candies mixed with scented hand soap, but with a mild note of burnt tire and paint varnish fusels in the finish. Tangy lemon citrus flavors in the finish. The harsh alcohol notes actually dissipate a bit as the beer warms, which is the opposite of what I expected.

M - Serious warming alcohol that matches the billed 17%. Dry texture, but with the faintest bit of residual stickiness. Very low carbonation level and full-bodied.

D - Very strange stuff. I imagine I'd like it more without the alcohol flavors and burn - perhaps Nøgne could make a 10-12% version instead? I appreciate the appropriate 25cl bottle size, as I don't think I could have finished a larger bottle. I'd try this again in another year to see if it has mellowed, as there's a lot of unique flavors and plenty of depth. Better than I was expecting, in any case.

Photo of Psychmusic
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of drabmuh
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Brad, another beer from Nogne with dangerously high but undetectable levels of alcohol. Beer is orangish / amber and hazy with a thin lazy white head.

Aroma is grassy, earthy, sweet mildly, a little ginger perhaps.

Beer is medium in body and the yeast character makes this beer drink like sake. It thins on the palate and finishes dry, decent but not great.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks a lot, Brad!

The beer is transparent and orange hued with no head and no lace. Mkay...

The aroma is minty, sweet, fruity, herbal, grassy.

The flavor follows suit, with a pronounced mint presence. Sweet and boozy with a throat-warming finish. That said, the beer isn't super hot or messy, just strong. At 17% abv, a couple of ounces is all you need. Worth a try.

Photo of thecheapies
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Red Horizon, split two-ways. Mine in a Mad Elf snifter.

Hazy rosy-red orange. No head, just bubbles collected. At least they're not popping. 3.5

Picking up the rice wine from the sake yeast. Heaps of booze strength, some artificial peach, peppermint, and hard tack candy. Sweet and hot. 3.5

Sweet sake flavor. Some plum, vanilla, whitehouse cherry, oolong tea, and major-league booze. Sugary and candied. Some light caramel syrup in the flavor. Needs a woody character for balance. They should have given this some proper barrel-aging. 4.0

Candied body saturated with sugars and ethanol. Not much heft, though. Sugar water body. Relatively flat and almost spicy from the 17%. 2.0

Truly an experimental brew. Has character, flavor, and pleasant aroma while still clinging on to one or two notes of interest. Probably won't revisit. 3.5

Photo of bluesplit63
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of rand
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

8.5 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Red Horizon pours viscous and oily, muddy apricot in color, forming almost no head. In fact, the completely opaque brew shows little signs of carbonation.

S: Streams of alcohol volatiles propel strong notes of burnt sugar and overly ripened fruit. Toffee and a touch of drying yeast linger in the backdrop.

T: The sugar and alcohol immediately assault your palate - the aging process here accentuates the alcohol flavors, I'd have guessed this is in the low 20's. This is one sweet brew, like grainy corn syrup-alcohol. A general ripe-fruit note follows, amplifying the cloyingly sweet overtone. A touch of hop resin sits in the back, attempting to tame this saccharine wine-beer, but there's just not enough. The biting alcohol and sugars close the sip.

M: This is one of the more oily, viscous brews you'll come across. And it completely lacks carbonation, without which advances a treacly experience.

I'm always a sucker for beers that go big, especially of the experimental variety, but this is just hard to drink. It's not off-putting, I made it through the glass, but something's awry when wishing to share an 8.5 oz offering. The beer seemed to wallow somewhere in between a sugary barley wine and a liqueur, without redeeming flavors. Next time some hop freshness (or are they just getting slaughtered by the sake yeast and unique aging process?)? Definitely some carbonation.

Photo of Bonko_the_sane
1/5  rDev -73%

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kayrex
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of superspak
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.5 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating anywhere. Pours very hazy reddish orange color with a small off white head that recedes almost instantly as expected. No lacing on the glass; with some carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Aromas of big raisin, prune, fig, caramel, molasses, bread, tobacco, oak, toasted malt, and other light fruitiness. Nice and well balanced aromas; and not boozy at all like I was expecting. Taste of big caramel, toffee, molasses, raisin, apricot, prune, biscuit, herbal spiciness, tobacco, earthiness, and light fruitiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, and light spices on the finish for a while. Very malty flavor profile, but is not cloying at all. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel. This is definitely a sipper, but it goes down quite smooth for the ABV. Alcohol is insanely well hidden with only a warming after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent beer brewed with sake yeast. Tons of well balanced flavor and complexity; with nice smoothness for the level of alcohol.

Photo of capra12
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed out of a small snifter glass. Served chilled as instructed on the tin.

Appearance: poured minimal head, almost murky golden orange.

Smell: This is quite interesting, I get sweet candied green and red raisins. A hint of booze on the nose.

Taste: Opens with sweet malts and a mute hop profile I attribute to the temperature. Ha. cold like the Rockies proves I can't taste much. The booze is barely noticeable on the palate but on the back end, just like sake there is a warmth that builds with each sip.
I let this sit for a while to warm and open up.
Totally different beer as this warms up. The nose is really accentuated by the warmth. The sweet raisins are coming through and the hop profile is more evident now as is the ethanol is.

Mouthfeel: This was more viscous chilled but is starting to thin out as it warms.

Drinkability: I would have this again but I would definitely share that bottle. At 17% try it chilled and let it warm to open up and show you the fruity profiles the sake yeast provides. I would recommend this to those seeking a unique brew with a different yeast.

Photo of N8DAGR8
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of WankelEngine
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 250ml bottle into a wine glass

A: Appears a ruddy burnt orange with no head and no lacing.

S: The smell is deeply fruity, reminiscent of raisin and prune. There is also a large dose of alcohol.

T: This is very sweet and reminds me a bit of a quad. Ester-y alcohol, fruits like plum and raisin, and bready malt. I also get a note of banana with the alcohol.

M: Virtually uncarbonated and somewhat sticky.

O: An interesting beer. The alcohol can be a bit overwhelming. Definitely a sipper.

Photo of Faina
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of kawilliams81
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- cloudy dark orange, 1 finger white head. Some clumps on the glass.

S- booze, I want to say rice bit that could just be because of the sake yeast. Dark fruits, candi sugar.

T- Phew! Not sure what to make out of this one? Sweet, cloying malt, dark fruits, almost a peat flavor in there, and a lot of alcohol.

M- medium body but thinner. Slightly syrupy but not much. Alcohol burn at finish.

O- don't know what to say? Not the worst beer but a very hard to drink one.

Photo of Pencible
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy light copper with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like sweet raisin and whole grain bread, with some toffee and white grape and sour yeast and nail polish remover.
T: It tasted like sweet raisin and clover honey and toffee, with some whole grain bread and champagne and sour yeast and nail polish remover. It had a clean and mostly sour aftertaste with definite alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with a little carbonation. Light body.
D: This was not what I expected, and nothing like Dark Horizon. Much more of a barleywine than anything, with an interesting and unique twist using sake yeast. The scent and taste were enjoyable, but the body was weak and the alcohol was strong, so this wasn't very easy to drink. Age may help tame the beast, but who knows. It's nice to try fresh, but not worth having more than once.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8.5 ounce bottle. Served in a Dogfish Head Signature glass, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with a thin off-white head that went away quickly. There's also a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like toffee, caramel, booze (brandy), pears, bready malt and candied fruit. The taste is sweet and boozy, it tastes like raisins, caramel, booze (brandy and maybe rum?), candied fruit and a bit of sweet spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating with low carbonation. I think it was a decent enough overall brew, but there wasn't anything that impressed me about it. It was nice to try once, but I don't think I would ever buy it again.

Photo of skimoore
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Red Horizon from Nøgne Ø - Det Kompromissløse Bryggeri A/S
84 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.